I have often wondered what it would be like to go back in time 24 years to my senior year of high school and the unplanned pregnancy I went through that year. What if I were forced to redo it alone and without medical care? Could I have survived a delivery alone? Could I have parented my daughter without the love and encouragement I received from family and friends?
I assume most women enter into the birth of their first child with some amount of fear or uncertainty. I just wonder how much greater the fear is when women are forced to give birth at home, without a skilled attendant, without emotional support or fanfare.